2014 World Cup: Ghana ace Kwadwo Asamoah sparkles for Juventus in Europa League semis defeat

Kwadwo Asamoah provided the assist for Carlos Tevez's goal

Kwadwo Asamoah provided the assist for Carlos Tevez’s goal

By Ameenu Shardow

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Ghana midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah made a significant contribution to help Juventus in their 2-1 defeat to Benfica in the first leg of their Europa League clash on Wednesday night.

The Black Stars playmaker provided the assist for Carlos Tevez to equalize for the Italian champions but Antonio Conte’s side couldn’t hold their marauding hosts at bay.

Juventus went down after just three minutes when Ezekiel Garay rose highest to head in a cross that beat the outstretched arms of Gianluigi Buffon in post.

The goal gave the home team a lot of confidence backed by their noisy fans but all the opportunities created thereafter were missed.

Juventus had their moments in the first half but never really imposed themselves onto their opponents.

The game went into recess with the hosts in front by a lone goal to set the tone for what promised to be an explosive second half.

The Italian champions as expected came out guns blazing to boss all the early possession.

Benfica were all too happy to soak the pressure only to hit on the counter.

This tactic however backfired as Kwadwo Asamoah fed Carlos Tevez on the edge of the box from the flanks in the 73rd minute.

The Argentine beat two sliding-in defenders with a dummy and coolly slot home at the near post to register his first goal in Europe in over five years.

The goal was well-deserved as Juventus had overtaken the initiative to create all the chances in the second half.

Benfica however restored their lead through substitute Lima who smashed in after a nice pass exchange with just six minute left to play.

And despite a late attacking surge by the visitors, the Portuguese side held on to take the slim advantage into the return encounter in seven days time.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Assemblyman says:

    Bravo Kwadwo..wishing you and your club all the best in the second leg in The Turin..we have hard working players like Kwadwo Asamoah all over the world.But some dishonest folks at the coaching and the FA levels will invite players who only play orange on twitter not football at the stadium.all because of the pot belly interests..we are watching you with 3D eye glasses one after the other..

  2. kuukuphilly says:

    @assemblyman,asamoah place in the black stars is cemented For years to come so no shaking.

  3. Benny says:

    It was a joy watching K.Asa on ITV 4.Funny how Andy Townsend pronounced his name. I love to see K .Asa playing in Anfield.
    If K.Asa had more freedom to bomb forward last night,Juve would have had another goal.Decent display.

  4. king Agyare says:

    reports from credible sources claims that the perported 30man provissional squad released early this week by GNA has no basis and therefore not true. The GFA hav cleared the air about those rumours and claims the original squad will be announced on May 12. Folks, neva waste ur time on that squad cos AA will neva leave Afriyie Acquah, Accam, Frank Acheampong at home for injury prone Vorsah, Annan and even Frimpong who spends all his time on social networks….Ghana will take brazil 2014 by storm! Go GHANA Go BLACKSTARS……

  5. benito says:

    Coach Appiah should have the confidence and try him at the left back and move opare to the right,there is no harm gambling